Movie review by Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Magic-filled fantasy adventure with a few battle scenes.

PG 1988 126 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 9+

Some Dark content

The movie starts out innocently enough with endearing shots of Willow in his shiresque glen, living a simple agrarian life until his children discover an abandoned baby in a reed basket down by the river. The baby, put in the river by a nursemaid, is a fugitive from the evil sorceress queen Bavmorda. The sorceress fears that the child has come to fulfill a prophecy foretelling her demise. The story is dark at times, with several violent and traumatic deaths, such as being eaten by wolf like beasts, or impaled on a sword. The violence is generally bloodless, and not lingered on, but might be too intense for young viewers. There are also several grim occult ritual scenes where the baby’s life is in danger. There are some positive messages about standing up for and believing in oneself, despite poor odds. Madmartigen has some redemptive qualities. Some of the tropes don’t hold up after 30 years, but it’s still a decent popcorn movie.

This title has:

Too much violence
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age 18+

It’s sexist alas

The Princess fell in love with the thief just because he spouted his love to her. Because of that it’s very dated and parents of young girls should watch with caution .

This title has:

Too much sex
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